Thomas Wheeler, CEO of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, and his
wife were driving along an interstate highway when he noticed that their car was low on
gas. Wheeler got off the highway at the next exit and soon found a rundown gas station
with just one gas pump. He asked the lone attendant to fill the tank and check the oil, then
went for a little walk around the station to stretch his legs.
As he was returning to the car, he noticed that the attendant and his wife were engaged in
an animated con-versation. The conversation stopped as he paid the atten-dant. But as he
was getting back into the car, he saw the attendant wave and heard him say, “It was great
talking to you.”
As they drove out of the station, Wheeler asked his wife
if she knew the man. She readily admitted she did. They had gone to high school together
and had dated steadily for about a year.
“Boy, were you lucky that I came along,” bragged Wheeler. “If you had married him,
you’d be the wife of a
gas station attendant instead of the wife of a chief executive officer.”
“My dear,” replied his wife, “if I had married him, he’d be the chief executive officer and
you’d be the gas station attendant.”